Monday, March 9, 5:30 pm
Five Roads to Freedom: From Apartheid to the World Cup (Directed by Robin Benger and Jane Thandi Lipman, 2010, 52 minutes)
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This documentary looks at South Africa’s revolutionary transformation through the eyes of five men and women who lived under the shadow of apartheid. The documentary focuses on five individuals from across the social and political spectrum, ordinary people whose experiences are representative of the profound changes of the past 15 years and whose lives in 2010 reflect both the promise and the ambiguities of today’s South Africa. Five Roads to Freedom is a deeply personal project for filmmaker Robin Benger. As a South African student leader in the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was arrested three times for anti-apartheid activities, and ultimately expelled from the country.
Presented in conjunction with Year of South Africa Exhibitions at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum
Year of South Africa
February 5 – March 21, 2015
Opening Reception February 5, 6-8 pm
Collection of Violet and Les Payne
Paintings and works on paper collected by Les Payne, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who reported during the student uprising in the black township of Soweto in 1976, will be on view in the main gallery. Returning to Soweto in 1985, he wrote about changes that had taken place in the intervening years and began a collection of paintings and works on paper which captured everyday life and a sense of hope despite the immense turmoil that had surrounded the artists. The exhibition includes works by David Mbele, Velaphi Mzimba, Hargreaves Ntukwana, Winston Saoli and Percy Konqobe, among others. Many of these artists are now internationally recognized.
Next Generation: Emerging Photographers from South Africa
Through a partnership with the Roger Ballen Foundation of Johannesburg, an organization dedicated to the advancement of photographic education in South Africa, works by Musa Nxumalo, Sanele Moya and Sipho Mpongo will be on display in the mezzanine gallery. Photographs by this younger generation, who came of age after the abolition of apartheid and the first democratic election in 1994, reflect the momentous political and social shifts that have taken place since the Soweto Uprising and the death of Nelson Mandela in 2013. An online catalogue will be presented in conjunction with this exhibition.
Public programs include: Opening Reception, Gallery Talk by Les Payne, Roundtable Panel on Global and African Apartheid with Les Payne, Satadru Sen (Queens College History Department) and Richard Knight (Director of African Activist ARchive), Talk with Robert Sember (Artist and South African Native), Art as Activism panel and performance, Interactive Q&A with South African Photographers, and a film series.
Generous support for this exhibition and its programs has been provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York Council for the Humanities, the Roger Ballen Foundation, Queens College Foundation, Queens Community Savings Bank, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation and Friends of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum.
Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 7 pm
Saturdays: 11 am – 5 pm